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MY FAVOURITE TOOLS FOR DIRT BIKES

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T-bars

Use a se­lec­tion of 8mm-12mm Allen head T-bars to re­move body­work pan­els and air­box lids. T-bars give both speed, pre­ci­sion and feel so they’re ideal for nip­ping up non-crit­i­cal bolts.

Metal rule

One of these is vi­tal for mea­sur­ing the cor­rect chain ten­sion and for check­ing other mea­sure­ments like fork pro­tru­sion. They are handy for road bikes too, so make sure there is space for one in your mo­tor­cy­cling tool­box.

Screw­driver

A small flat­head screw­driver is just the job for re­leas­ing the air bleed screw on top of your forks (see step six, left). Be sure to check the man­ual for the cor­rect pro­ce­dure be­fore you pile in. Make sure it fits the slot prop­erly, oth­er­wise you may butcher the bleed screw.

Spoke torque wrench

De­signed specif­i­cally for spokes, it works in very low torque val­ues, in this case 3.5Nm, which is very dif­fi­cult to achieve man­u­ally and why most peo­ple mas­sively over tighten them.

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